The Block beats Survivor as reality franchise premieres go head-to-head

Nine’s renovation juggernaut The Block debuted last night for its 13th season with 1.117m metro viewers tuning in.

The premiere was up on last year’s launch audience of 1.074m, according to OzTAM’s overnight preliminary metro ratings.

The Block was the most-watched program across key advertising demographics 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.

Also debuting at 7:30pm, Ten’s Australian Survivor managed 639,000 metro viewers, shedding 144,000 viewers from last year’s debut.

Beverley McGarvey, Network Ten chief content officer, said: “We are pleased with how Australian Survivor launched last night, given the heavy competition. It is a great show, with extraordinary contestants, drama and challenges. Australian Survivor dominated social media last night and we are confident viewers will engage with the show – across all platforms – as the new season unfolds.”

Seven’s Sunday Night was the most-watched program for the evening with 1.334m tuning in to hear Princes William and Harry speak of their mother’s death for the first time.

Obtaining an overall audience share of 26.9% Seven won the night, topping Nine’s 22.7% and Ten’s 10.4% share.

Meanwhile ABC managed 9.7% ahead of SBS’ 3.4% share.

The 6pm news bulletin saw Seven attract 1.303m metro viewers beating Nine News’ 1.164m.


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